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Rocket to Launch from Va.'s Wallops Island to Study Galaxy Creation

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP)- A rocket set to be launched from Virginia's Wallops Island Flight Facility will study how the first galaxy was formed.

NASA says the Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment is scheduled to be launched Tuesday night. The backup launch days are June 5-10.

It will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

The launch will be on a larger and more powerful rocket that previous flights. That should allow it to reach a higher altitude so it can provide for longer observation time for the instruments.

The rocket may be visible to residents in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The experiment will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles off the Virginia coast. It will not be recovered.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 9:30 p.m. on launch day for public viewing of the launch.

The mission will be available live on Ustream beginning at 10 p.m. on launch day at:

http://www.ustream.com/channel/nasa-wallops

Mission status on launch day can be followed on Twitter and Facebook at:

http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops

https://www.facebook.com/NASAWFF

Mission status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

More information on CIBER and the NASA Sounding Rocket Program is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/soundingrockets

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